POLICE investigating a crash which led to the death of a horse have arrested a man from Herefordshire.

Gloucestershire Police said the man, aged in his 20s from Ross-on-Wye, was arrested on Thursday (March 10) on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an incident and perverting the course of justice.

He has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Police officers issued an appeal earlier this week to track down a driver who had been involved in a collision with a horse at around 4pm on Monday in Clifford’s Mesne, Newent.

The driver did not stop at the scene, which is around 10 miles from Ross-on-Wye.


The 19-year-old rider had been thrown from the horse and required medical treatment.

She is now recovering but police say she is extremely upset by the ordeal.

The horse received veterinary treatment but had to be put down.

"We understand the upset and anger this incident has caused within the local community and wider close-knit horse-riding community," officers said.


"We are aware of comments made online about an arrest having happened prior to this update, but we can confirm this information was incorrect.

"The only arrest made in connection with this incident is this one and as the incident remains subject to an ongoing investigation we ask people to not post any information online which could potentially hinder this process."